Important update: starting December 1, foreign visitors to Malaysia required to submit digital arrival card.

Important update: starting December 1, foreign visitors to Malaysia required to submit digital arrival card.

Since December 1 this year, all international tourists visiting Malaysia are required to fill out the Malaysia Digital Arrival Card (MDAC). On its Facebook account, the Malaysian Immigration Department announced that the digital card must be filled out before arrival.

According to the Immigration Department's MDAC website, there are only three categories of exemptions. These are travelers transiting or transferring through Singapore without obtaining immigration clearance, Malaysian permanent residents, and Malaysian Automated Clearance System (MACS) holders.

The information also states that the MDAC card must be filled in at least three days before the date of arrival in Malaysia. Visitors are expected to fill in their personal information including name, nationality, and passport details. Visitors are also required to provide the date of arrival, the date of departure, the mode of transportation (air, land, or sea), and the last port of departure.

To enter the country, travelers must present their passport and completed MDAC to an entry control officer upon arrival.

In an infographic published by the Immigration Department, it is stated that visitors from 10 countries (Australia, Brunei, Germany, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United States, and the United Kingdom) are eligible to use the autogate facility upon arrival or departure at Terminal 1 or Terminal 2 KLIA.

To use the autogate facility at KLIA for immigration processing, visitors must have a passport valid for at least six months. 

First-time visitors will not be able to use the Autogate as they will be required to submit an MDAC three days before arrival and then register and verify their passport manually at the Immigration counter.

Once these procedures have been completed, visitors can use the autogate for subsequent visits (however, they are still required to submit the MDAC three days prior to each visit to Malaysia).

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, Singapore has discontinued the use of white physical arrival cards.

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